Announcements for August 16-22, 2009

Today: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy; Picnic

Tuesday:  6:00 pm Readers’ Vespers

Thursday:  6:00 pm Readers’ Vespers

Saturday:  6:00 pm Vespers; 7:00 pm 5-Year Plan Forum #3

Sunday:  8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy, Benefit Brunch hosted by the Young People of St. Nicholas; Parish Council Meeting

Please note that there will be a Pot-Luck Brunch a week from next Sunday.

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In 544 reports of a burial cloth bearing an image, believed to be of Jesus, was found above a gate in the city walls of Edessa (in present day Turkey).  The cloth was described as having a faint full-body image, marked with bloodstains.  The image was also described as a reflection and even a negative image.

On August 15, 944, this Image of Edessa was forcibly moved (i.e., by imperial edict) to Constantinople.  Due to the solemnity of the Feast of the Dormition, the shroud was housed overnight in the imperial chapel until the next day when it was transferred to the cathedral of Agia Sophia with full state and ecclesiastical ceremony.  This procession is commemorated each year on August 16.

Hymns from the Feast:
With what eyes shall we gaze upon Your image, O Christ, upon which the hosts of Angels cannot look, for it flashes with rays of divine lightning. The Cherubim veil their faces, not daring to look upon You; the Seraphim who carry You cannot gaze upon Your glory.  All creation serves you in awe.  O merciful Christ, with trembling we venerate Your image in faith.